Department of Rheumatology

The Rheumatology Department brings together scientific researchers and medical clinicians with a common interest in improving outcomes for those with musculoskeletal disorders.

We are currently conducting research into the causes, impact and treatment of a wide range of disorders.

While some of our key areas of research are focusing on osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and low back pain, our clinicians and researchers are also investigating osteonecrosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

Our researchers are members of national and international advisory committees that raise awareness and promote care and research for musculoskeletal conditions.


Professor David Hunter Professor David Hunter

Florance and Cope Chair of Rheumatology
Chair of Institute of Bone and Joint Research
Professor of Medicine, University of Sydney

Professor Lyn March AM (1) Professor Lyn March AM

Liggins Professor of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology Medicine, Northern Clinical School
Senior Staff Specialist and Head of the Department of Rheumatology at Royal North Shore Hospital

Dr Rodger Laurent

Clinical Senior Lecturer
Medicine, Northern Clinical School

Dr Premarani Sinnathurai

Clinical Lecturer. Northern Clinical School

Leslie-Schrieber Associate Professor Leslie Schrieber

Medicine, Northern Clinical School
Honorary Associate Professor. Northern Clinical School

Professor Manuela FerreiraProfessor Manuela Ferreira

Medicine, Institute of Bone and Joint Research

The aim of the rheumatology department is to advance the understanding of the musculoskeletal system. The main focus of our research includes clinical and translational research in osteoarthritis, low back pain and other rheumatic diseases.

  • The A3BC Biobank (
  • ARAD (
  • The KARAOKE study: Effectiveness of krill oil for improving knee pain
  • The PARTNER study: Effectiveness of a new model of primary care management on knee pain and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis
  • The PATHway Trial: Participatory health through behavioural engagement and disruptive digital technology for post-operative rehabilitation
  • The PPS study: A 6-month study investigating whether a drug that has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels in previous studies can improve factors like pain and stiffness among people with knee osteoarthritis.
  • SUcceSS: surgery for spinal stenosis - a randomised controlled trial.
  • CONNECT: Telecare collaborative management of low back pain in primary care
  • Text4myBACK: a text message-based intervention for acute low back pain

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